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Outside KEXP

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Dress – Urban Outfitters / Jacket – Aritzia / Shoes – Vince Camuto

My dad and I were quite ambitious with our Seattle day over the summer and thought we would try and tackle a double header of visiting the Chihuly Museum, but also taking a tour of KEXP. It turns out… that we missed the KEXP tour, but I was still just as excited to see the new building even if it meant we didn’t get to go fully inside it. This mural outside of the building is also pretty neat. I’m really looking forward to doing the actual tour on my next visit though so that we can share it here! Also for those of you who don’t know, KEXP is a radio station in Seattle and we’ve actually blogged about them our fair share on Yow Yow typically for their concert series and for their in-studio live sessions.

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Seattle’s Summer

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Whenever I return home, I never feel like I have enough time. In a perfect world, I would spend every summer in Seattle and then elsewhere for the other seasons! I spent a week this past June like I always do and we’re now sharing some of the photos from our trip. If some of these look familiar to you (because you’ve seen these shots before) it’s because I basically will do the same kind of thing on every trip. We know what we like, obviously! Now if only we could get back there more often…

^^ I will tolerate sushi in the Bay Area, but we all know that it doesn’t exactly compare to Seattle. And even though my go-to place looks like a club inside, the food is 100. This is at Wasabi on 2nd Ave!

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

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It took me four years to finally visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. It’s one of the most touristy things I could have done in my hometown and we took a bunch of photos that have all been done before, but I didn’t really care. While I was visiting home this past summer, I took my dad on a special Daddy-Daughter date and the anticipation and hype were HIGH. I was pleasantly surprised that my dad enjoyed it just as much as I did and even got a kick when HE was trying to advise me on how to take better photos.

My sentiments are that the place is beautiful. The sculptures are incredible pieces of art and you get a whole venue full of them as opposed to when you visit random places throughout the country and only get to view one. If you have an interest to go visit the museum, you should do it. If your interest is 5/10, just look at the tagged photos on Instagram to get the same experience. The tickets are kind of pricey as museums go and because my dad is still a WA state citizen he got a discount. I didn’t. -_-

Not to get all mushy gushy, but the best part of this was actually doing this with my dad! Many of you may not know this, but my dad is an artist too so this is something that we really appreciated doing together. I’m looking forward to our next outing together where I drag him along to a KEXP radio station tour the next time I’m home!

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Out on the Town: 7/5

What I love the most about Seattle is that there is always something going on every weekend. This coming weekend after you’ve celebrated your 4th of July festivities, stop by the Seattle Center for the annual Seattle International Beer Fest. It’s a 3-day long festival featuring 200 world-class bears from 16 different countries. For all of the details that you’ll need, click here.

Have a very safe and fun weekend everyone!

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In the News…

Fashion

– Supermodel Agyness Deyn came forward earlier this week to announce that she is 29-years old, which is six years older than the age stated on her CV. [Source]

– Stefano Pilati has “left the YSL building.” Pilati has been the creative director over at YSL since 2004. [Source]

– Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast is designing a line for Urban Outfitters. [Source]

Music

– Glee’s Idina Menzel will be going on tour. [Source]

– Warner Music has launched a YouTube channel. [Source]

Movies

– Despicable Me 2 teaser trailer

– Emma Watson will star in Sofia Coppola’s new film titled, “The Bling Ring” about a group of fashion-obsessed teenagers who break into the homes of celebrities and eventually get caught. It’s inspired by a true story…and Lifetime already did it…last year. [Source]

Television

– Lindsay will make her 239479th comeback this weekend when she hosts Saturday Night Live.

– Jennifer Love Hewitt turned her Lifetime movie, The Client List into Lifetime television series, The Client List. [Source]

– Jessica Lange will be returning for American Horror Story in the fall, but will not be reprising her character from the first season. Zachary Quinto will also be back. [Source] [Source]

– Bristol Palin is getting a docuseries on Lifetime. “This show will reveal the real Bristol Palin and her journey as a daughter, a mother and a young woman making her way in the world.” Um…what?!

– Meet the newest contestants for Dancing With the Stars. [Source]

– Casting has begun for the new CW Sex and the City prequel pilot, The Carrie Diaries, and it looks like AnnaSophia Robb will play a young Carrie. [Source]

– Oprah Winfrey will interview the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter Bobbi Kristina exclusively, which will air on Sunday, March 11th at 9PM on OWN. [Source]

Seattle

– Top Pot Doughnuts are headed to Bellevue Square. [Source]

– Capitol Hill’s Molly Moon’s is taking over the old Flora & Henri shop to create a Willy Wonka-esque “kitchen on display” that will highlight their specialty ice cream and signature cones being made. The space is set to open in the summer. [Source]

– Skillet will call the Seattle Center home. [Source]

– EMP’s Sound Off! finals are tomorrow night and we’ve got a Seattle University band in the running: Feet. Check out the rest of the acts here. I like these guys a lot!

Other

– Jan Berenstain passed away this week at 88. This one was my favorite because I went through a phase as a kid where I loved seeing pictures of illustrated food/candy. I kid you not, another one of my favorite books was a children’s book on the affects of diabetes.

– Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose are now engaged! The couple have been dating for over a year. [Source]

– Ke$ha turned 25 and Justin Bieber turned 18 this week.

– US Weekly shows the evolution of Lindsay Lohan’s face and it ain’t pretty. [Source]

– Lea Michele and Cory Monteith – romantically involved? US Weekly believes so. [Source]

– Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have announced the birth of their newborn son, Samuel Garner Affleck. [Source]

– …and Snooki is preggers. [Source]

– Lamar Odom has been dropped by the Dallas Mavericks and has been sent down to the NBA Development League. OH NO!! POOR LAM LAM :( [Source]

– Actress Kaley Cuoco has called off her engagement to Josh Resnik. [Source]

– Natalie Portman had a secret wedding and is already married to Benjamin Millipied. [Source]

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In the News…

Fashion

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are covering Vogue’s second annual best dressed issue. The issue highlights the best in fashionable sisters including the Olsen twins, Kate and Pippa Middleton, Dakota and Elle Fanning and many more. [Source]

Dakota Fanning’s ad for Marc Jacobs’ “Oh Lola” fragrance has been banned for being too sexual. [Source]

– In Chloe Sevigny’s recent cover shoot for Candy Magazine photographed by Terry Richardson, the two of them collaborated in…another way. [Source] Must be weird for Terry to make out with someone that completely looks like him.

“There are a lot of pop stars making fashion collections – Kylie and J.Lo, Puff Daddy and Kanye West…Maybe next season, [Domenico Dolce and I] should sing a song.” – Stefano Gabbana

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Girl Scout cookies as chap sticks flavors [Source]

Alber Elbaz, the designer behind Lanvin, is writing a book. [Source]

Dakota and Elle Fanning cover W. [Source]

Music

– The lovely and talented Dia Frampton will be releasing her first debut album on December 6th. [Source]

– To celebrate Christmas at the Rockefeller Center, Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green, Faith Hill, Carole King, Katharine McPhee, Javier Colon and The Radio City Rockettes will be performing for the live broadcast. [Source]

Justin Bieber is definitely taking the paternity test in two weeks and Maury is trying to recruit him to be on his show when he reveals the results. [Source] I would love to hear Maury announce, “YOU ARE NOT THE FATHER!” or vice versa.

– An acoustic performance by Fun of “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae. [Source]

EMI Music has been sold to Universal for $1.9 Billion. Sony bought out EMI Music Publishing for $2.2 Billion. [Source]

Taylor Momsen’s band, The Pretty Reckless, will support Guns ‘N Roses on tour. [Source]

Television

Showtime has renewed Weeds for an eighth season. [Source] I can’t believe this show isn’t over yet.

Billy Crystal will be hosting the Oscars this year replacing Eddie Murphy. [Source]

Lifetime TV is planning a new reality series called “Starving Secrets” to highlight the effects of having an eating disorder. [Source]

Movies

Breaking Dawn fans are camping out for the premiere of the movie in Los Angeles. [Source] Wow, that doesn’t sound like fun at all.

Seattle

– The Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit will open next spring at the Seattle Center and will be the world’s largest Chihuly exhibit to ever exist. [Source] Above is a photograph of our Chihuly sculpture on campus in Pigott.

Cupcake Royale has made Breaking Dawn cupcakes to celebrate the release. [Source]

– Meet Seattle’s most influential people of 2011. [Source]

Seattle made the list for being the 8th shopaholic city. [Source]

Other

– These are the worst action figures of Kate and Pippa Middleton I have ever seen. [Source]

Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves are finally following in the footsteps of their previous characters and are dating! [Source]

– 25- year old Kyla Pratt (One-on-One, Proud Family) has a one-year old daughter. [Source]

– Ex-pornstar, Sasha Grey, read children’s book to elementary students yesterday and parents were not enthused. [Source]

– A 10-year old girl from Mexico gave birth to a baby boy in a 31-week pregnancy. [Source] OH MY GOD.

– A straight rugby player suffers a stroke and goes into a coma – wakes up gay and fabulous! [Source]

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2011 Bumbershoot Recap

Well, I’m officially the last person to write a Bumbershoot recap/review post, but here it is! Better late than never, right? I had so much fun at this year’s 2011 Bumbershoot music festival at Seattle Center. After skipping it last year, I felt right at home returning to the music fest I  grew up loving. Thank you to everyone at One Reel for putting all of their hard work into making this year’s festival one great event.

Bands I saw:

Saturday:

  • Campfire OK
  • Craft Spells
  • Champagne Champagne
  • Natasha Kmeto
  • Emancipator
  • Pickwick
  • Little Dragon
  • STRFKR
  • Minus the Bear

Sunday

  • Mad Rad
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Tennis
  • Warpaint
  • Macklemore
  • Toro y Moi
  • The Kills

Monday

  • Head Like a Kite
  • Big Boi
  • Lemolo
  • Charles Bradley
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • Phantogram

Oh yes, it was a long and exhausting weekend, but I would do it all over again. While there were many incredible acts every day of the festival, I think my favorite would have to be Saturday. I was extremely proud of coffeehaus alums – Campfire OK and Champagne Champagne who just gave it their all on stage that day. Below are my reviews for my top six acts from last weekend:

Campfire OK

There was no better way to kick off my Bumbershoot weekend than with a set by local band Campfire OK. At noon, I found myself front row at the Fountain Lawn Stage bracing myself for the high-energy packed performance that the band is notorious for putting on. Campfire OK is a band with an immense amount of passion, talent and potential for growth. I don’t know about most people, but it is a rare sight to catch me dancing at noon. Only a band like Campfire OK can make me do something that crazy, but it turns out I wasn’t the only one this weekend, because everyone around me was groovin’ along to their songs. Campfire OK’s lasting impression on me came from the fact that the band enjoyed performing for us as much as I enjoyed watching them. If the crowd was dancing, the band members on stage were dancing much harder. Lead singer Mychal pounced on the keys of his piano in a manner of organized chaos while the lovely Melodie Knight engaged the crowd in hand claps. Anytime I heard a solo coming from the band’s magnificent trumpet player, I, along with everyone else, was instantly mesmerized. Believe me when I say that this is only the beginning for Campfire OK, because I am predicting great things for their future, including an upcoming album!

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Out on the Town: This Weekend

I cannot believe how many wonderful things are going on this weekend! If you don’t have plans yet, start making them!

First off, I am extremely jealous of everyone )including my BFF Max) attending Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco this weekend. What an amazing lineup! I really wish YouTube would’ve struck a deal with the festival organizers for this one so that I could stream the sets live again like I did for Lollapalooza. The Shins, Ellie Goulding, The Black Keys, Beirut, Grouplove…I have to stop now before I make myself even more jealous.

Over here in the Northwest, we’ve also got our own music festival going on across the water this weekend as well. Doe Bay Fest has garnered a ton of buzz these past few months and it is well deserved. I mean…have you SEEN the lineup? It doesn’t matter if you did or didn’t, but you should know that tickets for the music festival sold out even before the lineup was released at all! That’s saying something. Before I leave Seattle, this will be one of the last things I do.

If you’re trying to stay a little closer to Seattle this weekend, then I suggest you snag tickets for you and your friends for the SAM Remix going on tomorrow. Northern Departure, Daydream Vacation, and my new favorite band Craft Spells will be performing too! It’s a very music-oriented weekend, people. Along with the music performances, SAM Remix, which will be down at the Olympic Sculpture Park tomorrow, will also be hosting an outdoor movie screening of Grease, having activities, and on-site artists. Learn more about the event and purchase your ticket here.

The 2nd Annual 12th Ave Festival will be returning to Capitol Hill once again this Sunday, which will run from Noon-6PM. The cost to attend is free, but there will be food available to purchase (all under $5) from some of my favorite Capitol Hill restaurants including Cafe Presse, Poquitos, Cupcake Royale, and many many more.

Century Ballroom in Capitol Hill will be debuting their first flea market on Saturday, which will be a part of their new year-round flea market schedule. I wish I could give you more information on it, but since it’s the very first one, I don’t have much to say yet. I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to check it out though so make sure you stop by for some treasured goods! I’m totally diggin’ on the idea of Capitol Hill jumping on the flea market band wagon though.

Last, but not least, Seapony, Gold Leaves, and Math and Physics Club will be performing tomorrow as part of the KEXP Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural series. These weekly shows at the mural are free and from what I’ve heard, ton of fun! Doors are at 5; bands play at 6.

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Seattle Mayor Announces Future Plans for the Seattle Center

After 10 months, Mayor Mike McGinn announced his plans for the Seattle Center Project today. Would Dale Chihuly’s new glass musuem or KEXP’s headquarters win?

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Seattle Center is getting an Observation Wheel?

What is an observation wheel you ask? It is basically a Ferris Wheel that is 10x cooler. The plans for Seattle Center’s observation wheel highlight that it will begin installation on April 1st and will be 1/3 of the height of the Space Needle. The glass balls attached to the wheel will be able to hold 6-8 people and offer a 360-degree view of the city in a 15-minute ride. To learn more about the project, click here!

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Out on the Town: 8/14

If you missed Brite Futures during the Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural series the day before, don’t fret. There is another concert series show the next day [Saturday.] This time Brite Futures will not be there, but The Lonely Forest will be along with Victor Shade, Dinosaur Feathers, The Joy Formidable, Suckers, and Quasi for the KEXP BBQ. Event runs from 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM and also another free event.

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Out on the Town: 8/13

If you’re looking for a free concert alternative, check out the Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural series with Brite Futures, Noddy, and State of the Artist.

Sure to be amazing. Concert starts at 6PM!

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The Lonely Forest EP

The Lonely Forest will be releasing their new EP on September 14. This is the first time anyone will be hearing anything from them since they signed with Chris Walla’s new label Trans back in February.

Here’s the EP tracklist:

01 “Turn Off This And Go Outside”
02 “Ramshackle House”
03 “Live There”
04 “Let It Go”
05 “Turn Off This Song And Go Outside (Acoustic)”

Their first single “Live There” can be downloaded for free here

The Lonely Forest is one of my favorite bands from the Seattle area and they are great performers. Come check them out at the “Music at the Mural” concert series at The Seattle Center for the KEXP BBQ on August 14th. It’s free and all agaes!

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Concerts at the Mural

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Oh The Lonely Forest…how I adore you.

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